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Poster: nameismike1969 Date: May 29, 2007 6:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: media player

Is one better than another any recommendations on whats the best ones

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Poster: Scrim Date: May 29, 2007 6:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: media player

Foobar 2000 is considered the audiophile's media player. It's supposed to have great sound (ASIO capabilities), and has infinite possibilities on customizing the user interface. I haven’t played with it yet, but know I’m going to use it sooner or later. It’s freeware.

I have been using Winamp for about 6 months. The free version is pretty simple to use out of the box, and with directsound2 for the output, it sounds great on my stereo. It’s not perfect, but nice for free.

It's a great way to go.

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Poster: veblen Date: May 29, 2007 10:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: media player

I have been using winamp for shn files and itunes for mp3s and just spent another Sunday looking for an-all-in-one audio player (one that handles my mp3s and ipod along with being able to play shn, flac files and the like) with little luck.

After all my research I think I am going to give winamp a month as my sole player and see how it works out.

Though I just checked foobar 2000 and even though it looks very appealing it doesn't appear that it handles shn's either. Foobar2000 Audio formats supported: MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, MPC, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC / Ogg FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, AU, SND, CDDA, WMA.

I see that a shn add-on is available for windows media but the reviews I have seen are not very favorable.

Also, I am trying jetblue by cowon; does anyone have any experience with this app?

Any other ideas?

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Poster: BlueMtnMan Date: May 30, 2007 6:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: media player

For my 2 cents winamp is the most versatile player out of the box. Foobar 2000 can be built to do most any application but the learning curve is a bit steep. If you need to rip, burn or transcode from one file format to another it is worth the $20 to purchase the pro edition. You will need to install the shnamp plug-in to play shn files. Make sure you install the latest version (2.04). Last time I checked this link had not been updated on the etree site. What winamp can't do is burn mp3 data discs or gapless audio discs. You will still need a separate application, I use shorten for windows, to transcode shn files to wav files.

In the end, any player can play mp3's equally well. They all have the same decoder. What is different are the encoders used to create mp3's and other lossy and lossless files. These are not created equal.

On another note, the streaming mp3 files from the archive or downloadable from speeding arrow are high quality mp3's. In blind ABX tests these can not be distinguished from the original shn files. VBR, meaning varible bit rate, allows the encoder to use more bits for complex samples and fewer bits simpler samples. This setting produces the highest quality mp3s possible while effectively managing file size. For more than you what to know about mp3 encoding check out http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=LAME

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: May 30, 2007 3:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: media player

iTunes is nice.

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Poster: daliguana Date: May 30, 2007 5:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: media player

I've been using foobar for a number of months and find its simplicity great. Its a smallish app that supports many file types and has gapless playback. I got iTunes for the gapless playback as well, but it is a much larger app. WMP is good and I use it to play selections from my entire library, excluding all live performances. It, too is very bulky. BTW - Vista buyers beware. I installed the upgrade last week and am now having problems with my Creative Audigy soundcard. Apparently Vista reads audio much quicker than my soundcard can handle. I think I've got a handle on it now, but many features of the Creative Audigy are no longer available.